The Orange has no choice but to move on and prepare for a tough Maryland team tonight and first-place Virginia. The season is quickly coming to a close. But take a breather. SU is fine and these losses weren’t necessary, but were appropriate.
"A Duke coach came out and respectfully asked us to get off the court," Lomasky said. "He knew Syracuse fans playing Duke players a couple hours before the game was not a good mix and a recipe for disaster!"
It was a rough week for the Orange, who lost their first two games of the year. Losing at Duke is nothing to be ashamed of, but falling to a 6-19 Boston College club at home ranks among the worst losses in recent memory by a No. 1 team.
Former Syracuse men's soccer star Patrice Bernier has been named team captain of Major League Soccer's (MLS) Montreal Impact, the club announced last week.
"We’ll go home and get a good night’s sleep," Gait said. "We’re 1-0 now, and we’ve got the best of the best coming up."
Had he not exploded, Boeheim could have instructed his defense to set up a press. Syracuse could have stolen the ball and scored in transition, like it did to beat North Carolina State a week ago. Or it could have fouled. Duke would have had to hit both shots of a one-and-one to keep SU from having another chance to tie or lead.
Bromley ran a hand-timed 4.93 on his first attempt. He ran a 5.13 on his second attempt. Bromley's official time placed him 28th out of the 42 defensive linemen who ran at the combine, including edge rushers.
"Especially this game, I didn't have the normal looks I usually get," Cooney said after the Duke game, when he attempted three 3-pointers and missed all of them. "They were really covering me. They just never left me. Even when the ball was on the other side of the court, they were still covering me. I expected that. I got some OK looks off of rebounds when guys found me. Shots I normally make. I gotta knock them down and I will next game."
Greene did not want to discuss whether the call he made that set Boeheim off -- a charge on Orange forward C.J. Fair -- was correct. That kind of thing is frowned upon by league coordinators. He did, however, tell me that he and his partners, Roger Ayers and Jamie Luckie, watched video of the play on an iPad in the officials' locker room immediately afterward. When I asked Greene if he felt better after seeing the video, he replied, "Oh yes, absolutely."
Syracuse faceoff issues re-emerged during a blowout loss to Maryland, as did the importance of graduated midfielders JoJo Marasco and Luke Cometti.
Duke, not surprisingly, gets more foul calls at home. Of course so does nearly everyone else in the ACC.
But no experience is a waste if you get a good yarn out of it, and Boeheim’s crazed rage-monkey tantrum has been entered into the Duke-’Cuse rivalry canon. In fact, the Blue Devils’ hard-fought victory — a game they would have won easily, had they drained some free throws — is already being undermined by the coach’s freak-out. He became the story.
The agreement ensures the title game will have been played in Charlotte for 10 consecutive years at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, the site of the last four ACC title games.